Choosing gifts that are meaningful and educational for children during the holidays can be a challenge for parents. Guests: Stephanne Auerbach, known as Dr. Toy, researches and reviews children's products. Susan Marchant, MA, CCLS, is the Manager of Child Life Services and Education at Children's Hospital and Research Center, Oakland.
Parents who adopt across racial lines face particular challenges and opportunities. Guests Beth Hall, Executive Director of PACT, An Adoption Alliance, and William Rogers, an adoptive dad in a transracial family and a board member for the Our Family Coalition, join Rona in a discussion about the questions, complexities and joys of adoption.
Parents at Studio Grow in Berkeley talk with our associate producer Lorenzo Plazola, Jr. about their methods on how to put their children bed and how they avoid they sleep deprivation. Topics: sleep, babies, toddlers, crying struggle, methods, bath, self soothe, interrupt, deprivation,...
Producer Felsha Zuschlag talks with teens about their excitement and fear transitioning from high school to college. This piece originally appeared on "Survival Tips as Teens Transition to College," June 26, 2011. Topics: education, academic, university, college, high school, transition, excitement, fear, dorm life,...
We talked with some parents at Lotus Bloom in Oakland about immigrating to the US and raising their children with their ethnic identity. Topics: cutlure, acculturation, adapting, tradition, language, experience, immigrant, coping
Associate Producer Lorenzo Plazola, Jr. chats with a couple of guys about growing up as a boy and about society rules for males. Topics: health, men, awareness, boys, tough, risk, society, rules, stereotypes
Why do teenagers use drugs and what can their parents do about it? Guests: Dr. Alex Stalcup, MD, Director of the New Leaf Treatment Center in Lafayette. Meredith Maran, author and journalist, and mother of two sons. Find resources at her web site.
A nutritious and balanced diet is important for the healthy growth and development of young children. Guests: Gail Woodward-Lopez, MPH, RD, currently Associate Director of the Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley. Norma Molina, RD, Public Health Nutritionist for the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
Safety is a concern in the water, riding bikes, and everywhere your children play. Guests: Nancy Baer, Manager of Injury Prevention Programs, Contra Costa Health Services. Joseph Browne, MD, MPH, a Pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center.
Children develop differently and sometimes parents have concerns about the physical or cognitive development of their child. Guests: Ms. Kate Warren, Executive Director of Family Resource Network of Alameda County. James Ricks facilitates a support group for parents with kids with special needs.
You are your child's best advocate - particularly if your child has learning difficulties or developmental challenges. Rona and her guests Wendy Byrnes, Parent Advocate with the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) and Laurel Fichman, Early Intervention Specialist and Program Director of Matrix Parents Network and Resource Center of Marin discuss the rights, responsibilities and resources available for parents of children with special needs.
Producer Felsha Zuschlag talks with singer/songwriter Nikki Lang about growing with diabetes and how she and her family work to raise awareness on the issue. This segment originally appeared on the July 17, 2011 episode of Childhood Matters titled "Diabetes Prevention and Education." Topics: Nikki Lang, activism, diabetes, awareness, American Diabetes Association
Parents can make every day special by creating simple rituals around even the smallest daily event. Guests, Meg Cox is an author and journalist. Her latest book is the Book of New Family Traditions. Keith Burrell is a Marriage and Family Therapist working with children and families with Bay Area Community Resources (BACR).
Pediatricians know about many things that are important to parents-from temperament to bedwetting-that are more than medical topics. Your child may be active and persistent, or shy and quiet. Each different child presents a different set of challenges for a parent. Guests: Peter Levine, MD
Children are forever pushing boundaries -- and their parents' "hot" buttons. Rona and guests Patty Wipfler of the Parents Leadership Institute and Stan Seiderman, director of the Fairfax-San Anselmo Children's Center, describe effective ways to set limits with love.
Every couple argue, a lot or a little, fairly or unfairly, and they manage to regain friendly relations. We all want to regain friendly relations as quickly as possible and at least as often as we fight. Guests: Mick Renner, PhD, Rachel Biale
Lorenzo Plazola, Jr., our associate producer, chatted with a client/volunteer of the Alameda County Food Bank in the Tri-City area about the services and importance to the community. Topics: giving, helping, avarice, community, materialism, presents, holidays, gratitude, perspective, food,...
Senior Producer Felsha Zuschlag talks to parents at Lake Merritt in Oakland about managing stress during the holidays. This segment originally aired on the November 20, 2011 episode of Childhood Matters titled "Reducing Stress, Yelling Less." Topics: stress, yelling, mindfulness, meditating, holidays, tense, calm, emotions, control, anxious,...
Our associate producer Lorenzo Plazola, Jr. talks with 6-year-old David from Boulder, CO, via phone about how he makes healthy food choices and what parents can do to help lessen the amount of junk food their kids consume. Topics: vegetables, horticulture, fruits, candy, gardening, farmer's markets
Tune in as Rona and her guests discuss sleep patterns and helpful strategies for getting little ones to sleep. Guests: Jane Anderson, clinical professor and Acting Chief of Pediatrics at the UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center in San Francisco; T. Berry Brazelton, creator of the best-selling Touchpoints books, video and outreach program and the author of Sleep: The Brazelton Way.
When a child has a loving connection with his or her father, that child's life is enriched forever. Guest: Will Glennon is the author of several books including The Collected Wisdom of Fathers: Creating Loving Bonds that Last a Lifetime.
Declaring a racial identity may be easy for most of us, but not for the increasing numbers of biracial and transracial children. Rona and guests Tarah Fleming, the Diversity Specialist at Berkeley's Childcare Health Program, and Joemy Ito-Gates, founder of the Fusion Program for Mixed Heritage Youth, discuss the unique issues facing multi-ethnic families.
Becoming a foster parent is one of the greatest gifts you can provide to another human being. Guests: Rebecca Perez-Ochoa, Social Worker with the Santa Clara Department of Family & Children Services. Kathryn Cleberg, RN, Vice President of Foster Family Network, the local Contra Costa County branch of the state foster parent association.
Children are more susceptible than adults to environmental health hazards. What puts children at risk? Guests: Gina Solomon, MD is a Senior Scientist in the Health and Environment Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Associate Director of the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. Susan JunFish, MPH, founder of Parents for a Safer Environment, a grass-roots organization dedicated to educating the community on environmental hazards in childcare facilities and...
Childhood Matters works hard to make each show a meaningful and relevant learning experience for listeners. This show asks for listener suggestions and feedback. Guests: Hillary Flynn, MSW, producer for Childhood Matters. Jairo Guiza, social services consultant and parent advocate.
The average American consumes fifty gallons of soda and sugar-sweetened beverages annually. Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke with Jo Seavey-Hultquist, a Health Program Officer with First Five Santa Clara County(http://www.first5kids.org), about the Soda Free Summer Campaign (http://www.sodafreesummer.org). For more information: Enter a drawing to win prizes and track your "soda free days" at sodafreesummer.org (http://www.sodafreesummer.org). Click here...
Associate Producer Lorenzo Plazola, Jr. chats with a couple of parents about how they encourage their children with their schoolwork and how get involved with their schools. Topics: education, encourage, school, teacher, relevant, homework
Summer is almost upon us. How can you keep your children safe in the car, swimming, camping, playing or even hanging around your own house? Guests: Mark Altman of The Childproofer, Family Nurse Practitioner Anne Piotrowski-Altman, and Dr. Jim Carpenter of the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center
Child care is a major part of the early experience of many children. The percentage of children in child care is growing, so child care will have an increasing impact on our society. We have scheduled a terrific guest in-studio:
Traveling this summer with your family? Learn how to prepare yourself and your kids for a fun and safe summer vacation. Guests: Vicki Lansky, author of Trouble-Free Travel with Children; Dr. Susan Anderson, MD, Travel Tropical and Wilderness Medicine Consultant at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic.
Difficult Child Behaviors Tantrums and other forms of angry outburst are normal for younger children, but many parents struggle with what to do. Guests: Patty Wipfler, Founder and Director of Parents Leadership Institute which helps parents acquire the skills to build and rebuild close connections with their children. Nancy Atkinson, MFT is the Clinical Director and CEO of the YWCA of Contra Costa County.
Chilly, rainy weather is right around the corner, and so are colds, flu, asthma and other winter illnesses. Rona and her guests Dr. Stephen Harris, a pediatrician with the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Dr. Ifeoma Ikenze, homeopathic pediatrician and director of the Elizabeth Medical Clinic in San Anselmo, help parents sort out the right treatment decisions for their kids.
Our associate producer Lorenzo Plazola, Jr. spoke with a couple of parents about the hardships of separation during the holidays and throughout the entire year overall, and also how they have moved forward. Topics: divorce, separation, hardship, children, time, splitting, priority, impact
Having a baby may be thrilling and rewarding, but it's also life-changing, stressful and overwhelming. Rona and her guests Dr. Shoshana Bennett, co-author of the book Beyond The Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Postpartum and Prenatal Depression, and David Klinker, advocate for husbands of postpartum depression survivors, discuss the impact of the "baby blues" on the entire family.
New parents experience a wide range of emotional, physical and chemical changes after the birth of their baby. Rona and her guests discuss how moms and dads can minimize the difficult parts of this transitional time. Guests: Shoshanna Bennett, PhD, President of Postpartum Health Alliance in California. Contact her at Postpartum Assistance for Mothers. Joanne Jasson, RN, Certified Lactation Consultant at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland.
Childhood Matters celebrates our second anniversary on the air by celebrating the people who made us a success - our wonderful listeners. Rona and two of our favorite parents, Kisha Grove and James Ricks, welcome your calls.
Immunization against common infections of childhood have led to healthier lives, but there are issues and concerns about these shots. Guest: Catherine Albin, MD, PhD, Chair of the Pediatrics Department at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. For information about immunizations, see the Center for Disease Control web site for immunizations.
Do you have questions about your child's health or development? Guest pediatrician is Al Goldberg, MD who has a private pediatric practice in San Rafael, and serves on the pediatric staff of Marin General Hospital.
Do you and your family make time to step away from the indoors and out into nature? Itâs never too late to embrace the wonders of the outdoors. Join Nurse Rona and guest Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro, as they discuss the importance and benefits of getting outside and exploring the natural world. Topics: outdoors, nature, activities, camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming, walks
Mental illnesses and disorders affect thousands of families. Everyone in such families faces difficult issues. Guests: Steve Hinshaw, PhD, Professor of Psychology at University of California, Berkeley, has recently authored The Years of Silence Are Past: My Father's Life with Bipolar Disorder. David Donovan, PhD, a practicing psychologist in the San Francisco bay area. Resources.
Parents at Play Cafe in Oakland talk about the difficulties of making romantic time for their relationship with kids in the picture. Topics: time, balance, romance, intimacy, relationship, love, communication, support
Being aware of children's needs as they begin or return to school can assist any parent with a smooth and successful transition. Guests: Host Mike Riera, new Head of the Redwood Day School of Oakland and author of Staying Connected to Your Teenager, Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers and Right From Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Your Child, Kathy Duhl also of Redwood Day School, and Jean C. Monroe, Early Care & Education Consultant and Childhood Development Specialist.
As the school year approaches, parents have the opportunity to communicate with teachers about their child's social, emotional and academic needs. Guests: Wendy Byrnes, Parent Advocate with Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF), and Loni Allen, Educational Resource Specialist with Parents Helping Parents.
The doctor is in! Rona and Dr. Deborah Gould, Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, answer your questions about access to health care, your child's well being, community resources, winter illnesses and more.